Happy Valentine’s Day for Singles: A Lesson in Adjectives

Broken Heart (image by corazon.svg)

Broken Heart (image by corazon.svg)

Almost everyone knows that February 14th is Valentine’s Day, both here in the U.S. and across the world. It’s a day to celebrate romance and being in love. But what happens if you don’t have someone to share it with?

Some people call Valentine’s Day “Singles Awareness Day.” “Single” means without a partner; to be “aware” means to understand or know something. So “Singles Awareness Day” is a day when single people feel that they are obviously alone.

Some singles have Anti-Valentine’s Day parties on Valentine’s Day. Anti- is a prefix that means “against” (antisocial, anti-inflamatory, antibiotic, etc.) There are usually two kinds of these parties: sad ones to mourn unrequited love, and angry ones to [….] break ups.

Unrequited Love

If you love someone but they don’t love you, you are experiencing “unrequited love” (click here for its pronunciation). “Unrequited” means “not returned.” People usually feel sad in this situation. Some other words you can use to describe “sad” are: bad, blue, brokenhearted, cast downdejecteddepressed, despondent, disconsolate, downforlorn, gloomy, glum, heartbroken, heartsickinconsolablelowmelancholy, miserable, unhappy.

Broken Hearts

Sometimes your boyfriend or girlfriend cheats on you (sees another person while they are with you) or breaks up with you. Maybe you are sad if this happens. But maybe you are angry. If you are angry and screaming, you are enraged, furious, indignant, inflamedinfuriated, or livid. If you are angry but quiet, you are seething. If you want to do something bad to your ex, you are resentful, spitefulvengeful, or vindictive.

Practice

Some of these songs are sad; some are angry. What words can you use to describe them?

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